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San Diego LGBT Pride 2015

San Diego LGBT Pride 2015

July 17-19, 2015



San Diego LGBT Pride 2015

July 17–19, 2015

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elcome to our Pride Guide supporting San Diego LGBT Pride’s 41st annual weekend of events. While last year we toasted the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s changes with DOMA and its overturn of Proposition 8, this year we have even more to celebrate — samesex marriage is now the law of the land in every state of our union, thanks to the 5 – 4 majority of that same court. Decades of grassroots efforts, full of blood, sweat and tears saw us here. Robin Tyler and Diane Olsen — the Los Angeles couple who brought samesex marriage to California for the first time, before Prop 8 knocked it down — took a journey to their county clerk’s office every Valentine’s Day for 10 years, to apply for a marriage license. They were always refused. On the tenth refusal, with famed attorney Gloria Allred by their side, they filed a lawsuit. The rest is history for California. After sections of DOMA were struck down, James Obergefell and his terminally ill partner John Arthur, both of Ohio, flew to Maryland to be married. When Ohio would not recognize it despite the ruling, they filed suit. Though Arthur passed in the middle of appeals, Obergefell’s attorney pushed forward when the state defendants viewed the case as moot. It was Obergefell’s wish for the right to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband’s death certificate that brought the Supreme Court’s majority to our side two weeks ago.


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Welcome Messages………………..……………4 Community Voices ……………………………. 6 Stonewall Rally …………………….…………12 Stonewall Honorees ……………….…………12 Festival Map ……………………..……………14 Pride 5K Walk/Run …………………………16 Parking and Shuttle Services……………..……16 Parade …………………………………………18 Pride Music Festival……………………………18 Festival Saturday lineup…………..……………19 Performer Bios………………...………………20 Sunday Festival lineup…………………………24 COVER PHOTO:(l to r) Sister Ida Know, Sister Raven Lunatic and Sister Yeshe Did celebrate the Supreme Court's decision at Balboa Park (Photo by Vincent Meehan)

San Diego LGBT Pride 2015

Happy Pride

We have so much to celebrate this year. The LGBT community has certainly come far since the days of Stonewall in 1969. One big development we’ve seen is that we now have more LGBT kids coming out, and coming out at earlier ages, than ever before. That’s great — but the community has to make sure we’re there for these kids especially the ones who don’t have support. If LGBT kids can step out of the closet, we should step up and have their backs. And I know our committed community will. Happy Pride!

—Toni Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly

A special Pride

On behalf of the residents of San Diego, it is my pleasure to welcome you to San Diego’s Pride celebrations. For more than four decades, Pride has brought together people from all walks of life to celebrate the history and diversity of our LGBT community. But this year is very special. As the national co-chair of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, I am pleased join you in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. It was a victory for our community and the virtues of equality and individual liberty. Together we are making historic progress toward a more inclusive and equal society. I am honored to celebrate this month with you. Please accept my warmest wishes for an enjoyable series of events in San Diego.

Best personal regards, —Kevin L. Faulconer, mayor, City of San Diego

July 17-19, 2015

Progress toward Pride

Happy Pride, San Diego! On June 26, both love and justice prevailed when the Supreme Court affirmed that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry throughout the nation. This decision is welcome news for the LGBT community and our allies who have fought so hard for this victory. Since the ruling, many in the media and elsewhere have remarked that marriage equality was achieved relatively quickly. That is incorrect. This milestone in American history was achieved after decades of hard work. The struggle began when customers at the Stonewall Inn fought back against police harassment. It progressed with the elections of trailblazers like Harvey Milk, Barney Frank and locally, Christine Kehoe. We moved forward when Toni Atkins, Jerry Sanders, and a city council majority put San Diego on record supporting marriage equality in 2007. This advanced when allies like our representative in congress, Susan Davis, helped to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This didn’t happen overnight. We won this fight each time one of

us came out of the closet. We built support for this movement through millions of conversations with our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. All of us played a role in achieving marriage equality. The other thing I’ve heard a lot since June 26 is that our work is done. While we are right to celebrate this victory, there is so much more to do. Employment and housing discrimination against LGBT Americans is still not illegal in the United States. Too many of our youth are being bullied in school and experience higher rates of homelessness and suicide. HIV/ AIDS has yet to be cured. Seniors often must return to the closet in their golden years. Our transgender community has a long way to go before they know full equality.


Importantly, marriage equality would not have been won without our allies who fought alongside us with the belief that we are all created equal. We must pay it forward by redirecting our community’s organizing strengths to help fight for things like equal pay for women, comprehensive immigration reform, and to affirm that Black Lives Matter. We have much to celebrate this Pride weekend. But on Monday, let’s continue marching, telling our stories, and pushing forward. As we’ve learned, when we do, we win.

—Councilmember Todd Gloria, District Three



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San Diego LGBT Community Center Pride 2015 – Celebrating and Remembering


Happy Pride!


eams of people have been working all year to create a fun weekend for you to celebrate who you are and celebrate the people around you. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, pansexual, asexual, or identify otherwise, we hope you’ll join us! From the Pride Music Festival to the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party to the Spirit of Stonewall Rally to our huge San Diego Pride Parade,

there’s lots for everyone to enjoy. I’m grateful to the thousands of people — yes, thousands —who come together to make San Diego Pride the wonderful weekend it is. Friendly volunteers and board members who contribute their time and talent, community organizations that partner with us on specific activities, generous sponsors who provide key support, our many festival exhibitors and parade contingents, government agencies that help make the weekend run safely and smoothly, my extraordinary “dream team” staff, and of course, you for attending and having a good time, making all of the preparation worthwhile.

—Stephen Whitburn Executive Director

he three days of Pride in July are a community celebration. They are an opportunity to be with the hundreds of thousands of people — LGBTQ, family, friends and allies — who have given their time, energy, creativity and dollars that have fueled and sustained this rainbow movement toward equality and justice. San Diego Pride is a fabulous community celebration that reconnects old friends, welcomes all those newly out or newly allied to the community, and celebrates the hard-won victories. It’s an opportunity to remember, recognize and celebrate our history, our trailblazers and our heroes — all of those who dared to live their lives openly and to love bravely. It is a celebration of community, of community building and of hope and possibility. Building community in a too often-targeted community is always difficult — especially in one as diverse as ours. Different races, ethnicities, cultures and national allegiances; differing genders, gender identities and expressions; different social circumstances, different zip codes. Differences that too often

can divide us. We may be different — but in community — together we are more hopeful, smarter, stronger, braver and more able to realize the full justice vision for all of us. From the cradles of our newest members to the last farewells of those who are now behind the sun — from beginning to end — in community we are our best selves. That is what we are most proud of — and what

we celebrate and remember. And in Pride, in celebration, in community — we rededicate ourselves to the many vital battles ahead. History and all other justice movements teach us that in each moment of hope and victory is born the strength to do more, to push further, to realize even more possibility — to make certain that we do not leave any behind. From Federal civil rights protections for LGBT community members, to comprehensive immigration reform, racial justice, trans and non-binary gender rights and acceptance, ending new HIV cases and HIV stigma, to youth protections and school safety and inclusion, #JusticeforallistheDream. —Dr. Delores Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, San Diego LGBT Community Center

San Diego Women’s Chorus Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) looks forward to joining together as we ride the wave of #LoveWins bonhomie throughout the city to celebrate the proudest Pride Week ever! SDWC has been part of the San Diego community for nearly 30 years, using our music to encourage women’s creativity, celebrate diversity, and inspire social action since 1987. We invite you to join us as we kick off Pride Week on Thurs., July 16, at the Irenic with “I Am,” a concert celebrating individuality and authenticity. “I Am” will explore the fluid, evolving journey of our individual identities with uplifting and affirming music and spoken word with pieces by feminist music icon Holly Near and contemporary powerhouses like Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Sara Bareilles. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., but we invite you to come at 6:30 p.m. for pre-show appetizers and libations. Tickets are just $15. See for details. You can also see our sisterhood of musicians performing on Sun., July 19 at 3 p.m. on the SHE-FEST Stage at the Pride Music Festival. —Heather Robert, president, SDWC


North County LGBTQ Resource Center

Pride can mean different things to anyone. For many of our kids in the neighborhoods of

east, south and north San Diego County, Pride is an opportunity to finally be themselves. To others, celebrating Pride can mean having a supporting parent or a teacher that can be there for you. But around the world under the same rainbow and trans* flag, millions of people feel united by the hope of a better and more inclusive tomorrow. Yes, this year we have so much to celebrate, but we are also here for every LGBTQ person that

does not yet have the same recognition and dignity we all deserve. Some may come to think of Pride “just” as a parade; but they are missing the point. From Michelangelo to the exile of Oscar Wilde, the holocaust and its pink triangles, through the riots of Stonewall and the radical activism against AIDS, the sodomy laws and marriage equality … after hundreds of years we are all here to push even

further in the name of those that couldn’t and still can’t. In Uganda, in Turkey and in Russia, and even in our own South, we are marching with them and for them. Because LGBT rights are civil rights and civil rights are human rights, everywhere. Let justice begin! Happy Pride everyone. —Max Disposti, executive director, North County LGBTQ Resource Center

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Welcome to Pride, San Diego. When we say that one word “Pride,” automatically we know we are talking about LGBTQ people, celebration, honor, community and many other positive images. Our community has a long history of “enhancing” the meaning of a word and making it our own. Words like gay, camp, and queen are just a few. This is much more poignant when we understand that the tradition was born from times of oppression when LGBTQ people used such double entendre to connect with each other without letting others know. It was common when coming to a new community to check the classifieds for “The Friends of Judy” meetings. They faced ridicule, arrest, and violence, but still they

(l to r) SDHDF Board President Drew Liam Jack with John Brown at 2014 Reunion event (Courtesy SDHDF) sought each other out. So when we speak of Pride, let’s remember the sacrifices of all those pioneers before us who could only dream of a day when they could marry, march in a parade, live

openly and celebrate the special meanings of “Pride.” —John L. Brown, MA Ed., executive director, San Diego Human Dignity Foundation

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South Bay Alliance Happy San Diego Pride 2015! It has been 46 years since the Stonewall riots and over 40 years since a small group of marchers made the first San Diego Pride parade. Much has changed in that time. We have so much to celebrate with the Supreme Court’s decision about marriage equality, the continuing integration of our military forces, the new awareness and greater acceptance of the trans* community. All of these things are amazing. Thinking back, I would have never expected us to achieve what we have today and yet we have. It is inspirational. We celebrate that we have changed society for the better because we were willing to engage and stick it out for the long haul even through the darkest of defeats. This will be a Pride march like no other. That said, as much as this is a celebration of our Pride in our community and who we are, we must remember that our Pride celebrations must still encompass a commitment towards the struggle for acceptance and equality, the reaching out and helping our fellow LGBT* communities that live in cities, states, countries that are still fighting the most minimal levels of acceptance. Many in our own San Diego community still confront hostility, rejection and violence due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Although we have won many battles, we are still not where we need to be. There are still battles to be waged. So while we are celebrating, let’s remember those that have gone before. Let’s not forget their struggles and let’s also remember those that are struggling now. Enjoy your San Diego Pride weekend and we hope to see you again on Sept. 12, at South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival at Bayside Park in Chula Vista. For more information, please see Let’s keep the momentum going towards justice and equality. We can, we will do it! —Dae Elliott, executive director, South Bay Alliance and South Bay Pride



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Lambda Archives This just might be the happiest Pride we have ever celebrated. The Supreme Court of the United States has declared that our Constitution requires that essentially, all people are allowed to marry the person they choose. Now, we celebrate that — and then we get back to work. Yes, that is what our history tells us: That even as we make history, we must not forget the history that has brought us to this point. The “Stonewalls,” the Anita Bryants and Lyndon La Rouches, Jose Sarria, the Daughters of Bilitis, the Mattachine Society, AIDS/HIV Queer Nation, Act Up, “The Advocate,” Harvey Milk, the March on Washington, the Imperial Court, the Human Rights Campaign, and California Proposition 8 are just a few examples of the collective developments that have pushed the movement forward. Lots for you to look up here if you don’t already know them. We at Lambda Archives are so proud

to be entrusted by our community to receive its collections and to preserve its memories. We do our very best to ensure that all memories are properly protected for the long-term and yet accessible for research and review. We are actively recording the memories, wishes and dreams of as many individuals and segments of our community as we can. We do our best to give our own members — especially our youth — and the entire San Diego community information and insight into who we are and what we have done to get where we are now. So, let’s celebrate, thank and honor all who have been a part of it. But our deepest gratitude and greatest showing of honor would be to continue working on ensuring that our legal system, our political system, and indeed our entire social and civil community recognizes that we are all equally deserving and equally entitled to all civil rights and benefits this country affords. Whether we are black, Muslim, gay, disabled, straight, transgender, female, Baptist, Jewish, ethnically Chinese … whatever it is … you are as a citizen of the United States. If you are an American citizen, you must be ensured the opportunity to exercise the rights and privileges of citizenship and to be equally protected — and yes, taxed, too! Enjoy Pride 2015 and come visit our booth. Visit us at for more information. Volunteers and donations always welcome. —Maureen Steiner, president, Lambda Archives of San Diego

Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) With LGBT Pride just around the corner, I have been thinking about what the Pride celebrations mean to me. Of course, it is fun to take part in or watch the parade and dance, shop and “be seen” at the festival. But for me LGBT pride goes much deeper. I became involved with San Diego Pride in 1989, a short 20 years after the historic Stonewall revolt. I became the organization’s executive director in 1990. Becoming ED back then meant the organization (a computer, one filing cabinet and one phone line) moved into my spare bedroom. Volunteer meetings were held in my living room and we made hand painted signs for the parade and festival in one of my friend’s driveways. In 1990, our community was galvanized by the discrimination and deaths of our friends and loved ones who were fighting HIV/AIDS. Twenty-five years later in 2015, San Diego Pride is our city’s largest civic event and our community is galvanized around the momentous Supreme Court decision that the U.S. Constitution includes “We, the LGBT people …”

Our social and political progress has been phenomenal but challenges still abound. Right–wing religious organizations have not and will not any time soon silence their call for “religious freedom” to gain the right to discriminate against us en masse. They may no longer challenge our right to marry but their opposition to LGBT rights will be one of their rallying cries for raising money and gaining power as we approach the 2016 presidential election. We are still up against mighty opponents. They will withhold business services. They will boycott our businesses and those that support us. They will use their economic power against

us in any way they can. What will be our response? In 1990, San Diego Pride found few businesses and corporations who were willing to stand beside us as sponsors. Today, a quick visit to the Pride sponsor web page and one can clearly see the progress, as more and more companies are joining the LGBT-friendly bandwagon. Some do it out of principle but for many it is simply a wise business decision. The LGBT community held $830 billion in total buying power in 2014, according to a report by Witeck Communications, a respected public relations and marketing company focusing on the LGBT community. This is slightly more than the GDP of the entire state of Florida and equal to the GDP of the entire New England area. That’s a lot of buying power! On Pride weekend, over 150,000 LGBT individuals and our allies will line the streets of Hillcrest to celebrate our social and political victories. We will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of LGBT owned and supportive businesses. Every dollar you spend, not only during Pride, but throughout the year, will strengthen our community’s economic power and our ability to respond to those who continue to discriminate against us. We have much to celebrate this year. But the fight is not over. Spend OUT and spend wisely. —Barbra Blake, executive director, GSDBA

Uptown Parking District Welcome to San Diego Pride! This year’s Pride Music Festival theme, “Liberty and Justice for All” is cause for a huge celebration. San Diego is a city full of history, from our military contingency, to the builders, developers and community activists — such as George Marston, Kate Sessions and William Whitson — who crafted neighborhoods such as our beloved Hillcrest. And with the recent hard earned rewards of social justice in our LGBTQ population, this year’s celebration takes on new historical significance. Proudly, many will march down University Avenue in the Pride Parade, while many more watch, and for the first time ever, some couples that were once afraid to be seen in public together will know that Liberty and Justice are alive and well in the heart of San Diego. We are truly living in amazing times. And don’t forget to exercise your liberties by taking the FREE Park Hillcrest Trolley and discover all the ways you can! With Pride, —Elizabeth Hannon, COO, San Diego’s Uptown Community Parking District


Hillcrest Town Council Welcome to Hillcrest and thank you for joining us for this wonderful tradition we all call Pride. My how we have grown. From the early days when we all started coming out coming out wherever we were, yearning to live and breathe free and be ourselves in this pursuit of happiness we all deserve, work for, VOTE for and have bought into with hard-earned tax dollars and activism. We have certainly invested a lot of ourselves in this great country and we belong. This is a particularly special year of Pride because we are no longer second class citizens. We can all marry now with the same equality, benefits and privileges that everybody else but us has enjoyed since the “Loving v. Virginia” ruling in 1967. This weekend is for the celebration. Enjoy yourselves with your FAMILY and friends. Have a great weekend at any one of the many events. Remember to thank all the people at San Diego Pride — the leadership, staff and many volunteers that it takes to pull this off. It’s huge and they do it all for you. Please join the Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More) at the post-Pride clean up on Monday morning, July 20 at 8 a.m. at Park Boulevard and Essex Street. Email me for details. Have fun. —Luke Terpstra, Chair, Hillcrest Town Council

(l to r) Ann Garwood and wife Nancy Moors, of Bankers Hill Community Group

Bankers Hill Community Group Happy Pride! Bankers Hill welcomes San Diego Pride by putting a shine on the neighborhood before 100,000 revelers stream into Balboa Park for the weekend’s events. With so much to celebrate this year, it’s easy to spot rainbow flags on many homes and businesses. Through efforts of the Bankers Hill Community Group (BHCG), the neighborhood is again partnering with San Diego Pride for 2015’s Neighborhood Clean-Up, which takes place prior to, during and after the events. For the post-Pride cleanup, meet at Sixth Avenue and Ivy Street at 8 a.m. Monday, July 20 — or along Fourth, Fifth or Sixth avenues later in the morning. Volunteers will receive a newly designed T-shirt as well as a great sense of pride! At noon when work is over for the day, we will join the Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M. for refreshments and storytelling at Urban MO’s, located at 308 University Ave., thanks to the generosity of owner Chris Shaw. Wearing your neighborhood volunteer T-shirt will be your ticket to the party. BHCG will also be rewarded by the Pride organization for your volunteer time, with a donation of $10 per hour for pitching in. Last year Pride presented the BHCG with a $1,000 check, making it possible for us to purchase a projector for our monthly meetings. Any amount of volunteer time you can offer will be greatly appreciated and you may come and go as your schedule allows. Please contact BHCG Pride cleanup coordinator, Char Lou Benedict at 619-232-0875 to add your name to the list and reserve your T-shirt. The BHCG meets the third Monday of every month at the San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St. The next meeting, on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. will feature an appearance by State Senator Marty Block and a discussion on future land use, specifically heights and development. For more information visit —Ann Garwood, steering group member and Nancy Moors, vice chair, Bankers Hill Community Group

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San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus I remember my first Pride parade like it was yesterday — although it was 30 years ago. Just out of boot camp, I was a young Marine from the Midwest stationed in San Francisco. In those early days, just standing along the parade route was a risk and could get you fired. But, like a deer in the headlights, I watched with naïve awe for the first time, taking in the wild and wondrous dancers, floats and rainbow-flocked pageantry. Now, three decades later, it’s like we’ve all grown up together as a community. At each Pride, we get to reminisce about the old days, tell and retell our battle stories and celebrate our victories. Remember how we brought down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? Remember how thousands marched in protest when Proposition 8 passed? And remember where you were when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled marriage equality as the law of the land? During Pride, it’s good to look back — to appreciate what we’ve accomplished as a community; because we each stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. It’s also good to look forward and dream a little too. That’s something we’re doing this Pride with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus concert “Imagine.” We’re thinking back to what our founding singers must have hoped to accomplish in 1985 when they first banded together to be seen and heard as proud gay men. Those were much darker days with rampant discrimination and a raging AIDS crisis. But we’re also trying to imagine what the future holds. Can you imagine a world without HIV/AIDS? Or a world with full rights and respect for the transgender community? Or a world where no one in any state can be fired or be denied housing because of who they love? It’s those hopes for the future that keep us singing and reaching out into all parts of our community. That’s why Pride celebrations continue to be so important to all branches of our vast and extended family. We are hopeful and we’ll always be imagining a better tomorrow. —Bob Lehman, president, SDGMC

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Spirit of Stonewall Rally San Diego LGBT Pride proudly continues the tradition of holding the Spirit of Stonewall Rally on Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m. This year the rally returns to the Pride Music Festival Main Stage (Stonewall Stage) at Marston Point in Balboa Park. The theme of the event, which kicks off the weekend of celebration, is “Liberty and Justice for All.” Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the eventful evening of June 28, 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to the harassing tactics of the New York Police. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world. In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975. San Diego Pride’s Spirit of Stonewall Rally is a time to recognize and honor the leaders who are working hard to preserve our gains and to meet the many challenges facing our collective community. Cheering crowds and energetic speakers all lead up to the annual raising of the Hillcrest Pride Flag, officially launching San Diego Pride weekend.

Speakers: Master of Ceremonies: Stephen Whitburn, San Diego Pride’s executive director Keynote Speaker: Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the California Assembly Other speakers: Dwayne Crenshaw, RISE San Diego’s chief executive officer Caroline Dessert, Immigration Equality executive director Patrick Loose, chief of San Diego County HHSA’s HIV, STD and Hepatitis branch Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council district three representative

Stonewall Awards honorees: Champions of Pride: Connor Maddocks and Tracie Jada O’Brien Friend of Pride: Darlene Tando, LCSW Stonewall Service Award: San Diego Diplomacy Council Inspirational Couple: Bridget Wilson and Kim McCallister Stonewall Philanthropy Award: Dale Dubach, Chaz Weathers, and John Osgood Community Service Award: Melanie Peters

San Diego LGBT Pride 2015 Champions of Pride

Community Grand Marshal: Trans Community Rather than honor a single person, San Diego Pride has named the entire trans* Community as the Community Grand Marshal for the 2015 San Diego Pride Parade. From the streets of Greenwich Village to the cover of Time magazine, the trans* community has come a long way. Since well before the Stonewall Riots of 1969, trans* people have been standing up and fighting for our rights, dignity, and equality, right alongside their LGB siblings. In fact, in 1966, three years before Stonewall, a group of trans* women took a stand against discrimination and police harassment in Los Angeles — an event now known as the Compton Cafeteria Riots. At Stonewall in ’69, trans* and gender non-conforming activists like Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major and Sylvia Rivera played a huge role in the riots and the ongoing movement that rippled forth. While the trans* community has gained some increased visibility in recent years, they continue to face a disproportionate amount

of discrimination, legal inequality, and hate-driven violence. It has never been more important that our entire LGB community stand in solidarity with our trans* siblings in this struggle. The Community Grand Marshal contingent will include trans* and gender non-conforming individuals from all walks of life standing side-by-side with friends, families, and allies. Our hope is to highlight the T in LGBT as we continue our shared struggle, honoring the contributions of people who are trans* and gender non-conforming in the pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

Champion of Pride: Connor Maddocks Connor Maddocks has been doing advocacy and civil rights work in the San Diego transgender community for the past 12 years. He is the lead facilitator of the San Diego FTM-SO discussion group and is an active guest speaker with various organizations, businesses and colleges on transgender issues. He has

conducted extensive training on all aspects of the transgender community as well as workshops for the community on legal name and gender changes. Maddocks is a member of the community leadership council of San Diego, chair of the San Diego Day of Remembrance and a planning committee member of the Day of Empowerment. He is a former member of the San Diego Pride board of directors, and has been an active volunteer with Pride for the past 11 years. Maddocks is also a member of the American Cancer Society California LGBT diversity team, a past co-chair of TASC San Diego, and he served on the Transgender Leadership Summit planning committee and the LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project — TG advisory group. His list of community service continues with the Equality Professionals Network (EPN) steering committee, the San Diego Police Department Chief’s LGBT advisory board, as well as the San Diego Department of Veterans Affair’s (VA) LGBTQ workgroup. He also works to provide training for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and in 2015 he began working with the San Diego Police Department, bringing the very first training on transgender issues to the department, training police officers in every division in the city. Currently employed by the San Diego LGBT Community Center, Maddocks is the facilities manager and program coordinator for Project TRANS. He is also the parent of three daughters and grandparent to 8 beautiful grandkids.


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Champion of Pride: Tracie Jada O’Brien Since surviving the mean streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the 1970s as a young transgender street kid, Tracie Jada O’Brien has persevered and worked tirelessly to become an outstanding role model within — and a staunch advocate for — the transgender community. Professionally she has provided decades of life-saving work to the LGBT community as coordinator of Project S.T.A.R. (Supporting Transgender Access to Resources), as an addictions treatment counselor at Stepping Stone of San Diego, and most recently, as a medical case management worker for Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. Always one step ahead of the movement, she participated in the first consultation forum for trans* individuals with the CDC in 2005. She helped create the first HIV Prevention brochure targeting trans* women of color — and even posed as the cover model. She founded San Diego’s Transgender Day of Empowerment, which is now in its 14th year, and the Tracie Jada O’Brien Student Scholarship Program that gave out three scholarships to deserving trans* and gender-nonconforming youth in its very first year. She has been a speaker for and active with the Transgender Leadership Summit, the California Office of AIDS Transgender HIV Equality and Party Conferences, Transgender Center of Excellence in San Francisco, the Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention, and many more.

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Inspirational Couple: Kim McAlister and Bridget Wilson Kim and Bridget met in 1981 when Kim was working at the Center for Women’s Studies and Services (CWSS) during the “No on 6” campaign, which opposed the Briggs Initiative that would have barred LGBT school teachers in California. Kim later started a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the County of San Diego, eventually becoming a supervisor in the adoptions division, and retired from the county this year after 26 years of service. An attorney and a veteran of the U. S. Army Reserve, Bridget has

Keynote Speaker: Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the Assembly Toni G. Atkins has served in the California State Assembly since 2010 and was elevated to the top leadership post in 2014, when her colleagues unanimously elected her 69th Speaker of the Assembly. Speaker Atkins is a coalitionbuilder who believes government policies can improve people’s lives. She is a leading voice for affordable housing, a powerful advocate for women and the LGBT community, and a champion for veterans and homeless people. In her first year in the Assembly, Atkins made her mark by carrying legislation addressing issues vital to the LGBT community. Her legislation strengthened California’s non-discrimination laws and also introduced and passed legislation that protects the right of young people to seek preventive healthcare, in particular vaccinations for STD’s and preventive treatment for HIV/AIDS. In 2013, Governor Brown signed Atkins’ AB 1121, which provides transgender people seeking legal name changes to reflect their gender identity with a streamlined and inexpensive process that protects their privacy. In 2014, Speaker Atkins passed legislation to ensure that the death certificates of transgender people also reflect their gender identity. Earlier this year, moved after two transgender teens from north San Diego County took their own lives, the Speaker adjourned the Assembly in their memory. frequently defended LGBT service members and this advocacy has been the focus of her life’s work. She is grateful to have been part of the movement to remove the antiLGB regulations (DADT) from the Armed Forces. Bridget was especially proud when her community honored her by naming The Center’s Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget J. Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor after her. She continues to assist trans service members as consulting counsel for SPART*A Trans. Kim and Bridget have shared their lives for 34 years. They were happy to be among the many couples who married in the state of California in 2008. Stonewall Philanthropy Award: Chaz Weathers, Dale Dubach and John Osgood Chaz Weathers, Dale Dubach and John Osgood are most known for their charitable work as the former owners of Martinis Above Fourth, but the impact they have made on the community through their charitable giving extends far


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Pride 5K Run/Walk Show your Pride spirit by participating in the 2015 Pride 5K, hosted by the Front Runners and Walkers of San Diego (FRWSD), on July 18 at 9:30 a.m. Come at 9 a.m. for warm up and stretching with FRWSD. The race begins and concludes at University Avenue and Centre Street, which is right next to the San Diego LGBT Center. Registration through July 17 is $40 and day of is $45. Sign up soon to get the better price as the early birds get the worm. Special features include a free continental breakfast upon completion of the race, a gear check-in, a Pride 5K T-shirt, and goodie bags. (Note: All entry fees are both nonrefundable and nontransferable). You can pre-register online at Bib pick-up and in-person registration will be at Kearny Mesa Road Runner Sports Store (5553 Copley Dr.) on Friday, July 17 from 2 – 7 p.m. If you are unable to pick your bib up there, you can pick it up race day between 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. at registration.

San Diego LGBT Pride 2015 Not much of a runner? Walk the course! This year’s route is flat and coincides with the parade route and is also a USAT&F sanctioned and certified 5K course. Keep in mind there is a maximum time limit of one hour (average pace of 19 minutes per mile). If you go over time you may complete the race on sidewalks as a pedestrian. Restrooms will be available at the registration staging area and water will be provided at the beginning and end of the course. Water will be available at the start, finish and once along the course. Restrooms are available at staging. Running times will be counted through a chip and race results will be posted by Race Central (Infinity Timing). ChronoTrack will be used and is a unique system that records one’s true race time from exact start to finish. With ChronoTrack there is no need to return your tag as it is disposable. Awards will be given to the top three male and female contestants based on specific age groups. Starting at 7:15 a.m. there will be free parking and a trolley to and from the Naval Medical Center parking lot. Parking may also be found at Presidents Way and Park Boulevard and at San Diego City College. Be sure to leave 30 to 45 minutes prior to the start of the race. Pets (unless an authorized service animal), incline skates, motorized scooters, and skateboards are prohibited. Baby runners are allowed, but must start behind all other participants. There will be a “gear check” area but organizers are not responsible for lost or stolen articles. If you have any questions contact race director, Enrique Fonesca at or call 619857-8719. If you wish to volunteer please contact Volunteers will be provided a free T-shirt and continental breakfast. Bring your best rainbow workout clothes.


Traffic and parking can be a challenge due to the massive size of the Pride events. Our best advice is to try to leave early, bike and walk when possible, use public transportation, or ride share with Uber.


8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pride Parade route from FREE parking lots to Pride Parade start 8 a.m. to midnight Pride Festival route from FREE parking lots to Pride Festival 1 – 4 p.m. Express Parade line from Pride Parade start to Pride Festival


8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Pride Festival route from FREE parking lots to Pride Festival FREE parking lots are available courtesy of San Diego Pride both Saturday and Sunday at the Old Naval Hospital at Park Boulevard and President’s Way, and at San Diego City College.

The Uber app connects you to a safe, reliable ride in minutes. Tap a button, and a top-rated driver comes to you and takes you wherever you need to go. DOWNLOAD THE APP AND USE THE CODE SDPRIDE15 FOR A FIRST RIDE FREE UP TO $20


Take advantage of San Diego Pride’s complimentary shuttle service that will take you to and from our car2go drop zone in the City College parking lot. There are designated spaces to park your car2go vehicle or pick one up to take you to the next party!


San Diego County Bike Coalition will be hosting our Bike Corral located just outside the Pride Music Festival on Sixth Avenue.


8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. From North County LGBTQ Resource Center to SD Pride Parade 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. SD Pride Festival (Juniper & Laurel) to North County LGBTQ Resource Center

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Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Start: Hillcrest Pride Flag, Normal Street and University Avenue Route: 1.5 miles | 2 hours This is a free community event Grand Marshal: The entire Trans* Community The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the fourth largest Pride celebration in the United States, attracting 100,000 cheering spectators, elected officials, community groups, military service members, first responders, and significant media participation. Originating in 1974 in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, the San Diego Pride Parade celebrates diversity and inclusivity among the LGBT community and their straight allies. The Pride Parade will host a variety of local organizations and businesses that support the LGBT community and contribute to our equality. This year’s theme, “Liberty and Justice For All,” focuses on

equality for all with an emphasis on social justice and equal rights in all sub-communities within the greater LGBT community. The Pride Parade is the bestattended and largest single day civic event in San Diego. There are eight reviewing stands including an Accessible Pride reviewing stand with ASL interpreters, shaded review stands for seniors, and bilingual reviewing stands. The parade steps off at Normal Street and University Avenue, travels west on University, then turns left on Sixth Avenue and a right on Upas Street / Balboa Park Drive into Balboa Park, where it ends. The motorcycle contingent will kick the parade off as usual, followed by the military contingent and hundreds of others. New this year is the Pride Youth Marching Band, with more than 100 young local musicians from across the region. The Youth Pride Marching Band is a volunteer program designed to foster character development and leadership in LGBTQ-identified youth who wish to participate in the parade by sharing their musical talents in a culturally supportive community.

Saturday, July 18, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Marston Point, Balboa Park (Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street) San Diego Pride’s renowned Pride Music Festival includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 150 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, over 250 participating exhibitors, cultural presentations, and great food. San Diego Pride welcomes everyone with an open heart to celebrate “Liberty and Justice for All” at our 41st annual pride celebration. Music Stages: Stonewall Main Stage presented by Harrah’s; Euphoria Dance Garden presented by Bud Light; Mundo Latino; SHE-FEST; and The Movement: Hip Hop Stage

Festival highlights: Seven entertainment zones, beverage gardens, Cool Zone for those 55+, Leather Realm, Art of Pride (local LGBT artists), Youth Zone, Children’s Garden, HIV testing, She-Power Health & Wellness Zone, Accessibility Booth & Deaf Zone, and more than 300 exhibitors! Tickets may be purchased online at sdpride. org, along the parade route, or at the Pride Music Festival gates. • Two-day general admission, $20 advance; $25 at gate • Two-day VIP tickets, $120 advance; $150 at gate • Youth 14 and under get in free




It’s the centerpiece of the Pride Music Festival with headlining artists and the best in video, lights and sound! Enjoy the show from the Alaska Airlines Beverage Garden or VIP Lounge by Harrah’s Resort. Presented by Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Emcee: Carmen Electra

New! It’s the SHE-FEST stage and beverage garden, our fabulous hotspot designed by and for women. Check out the amazing female artists on stage while you hang out with cool beverages and even cooler women.

11 – 12:15 p.m. 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. 4:00 – 4:15 p.m. 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. 4:45 – 5 p.m. 5 – 6 p.m. 6 7 8 9

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DJ Showtime Erick Diaz Jovan Le Saunier Tristan Dorian Wild Style Carmen Electra Coco Montrese Stacey-Humphries IDeaL feat. Kaleena Zanders Taryn Manning Late Night Alumni Pierce Fulton Ruby Rose

EUPHORIA BEER GARDEN Feel the excitement as we surge with house music. Featuring local acts and international DJs, it’s an experience not to be missed! Dance all day and into the night. Presented by Bud Light.

12 – 1 p.m. 1 – 2 p.m. 2 – 3 p.m. 3 – 4 p.m. 4 – 5 p.m. 5 – 6 p.m. 6 – 7 p.m. 7 – 8 p.m. 8 – 9 p.m. 9 – 9:50 p.m.

OSM Red Sonya Cali Paris ESCOBAR Bo Scott Cris Herrera Ascension Ben Seagren Ana Sia Phenex

11 – 11:45 a.m. 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Monica Fontanoza San Diego Kings Club 2 – 2:45 p.m. Rainbow Noise 3 – 3:45 p.m. Melissa Dove 4 – 4:45 p.m. Sabor Andaluz Dance Company 5 – 5:45 p.m. 805 South 6 – 6:45 p.m. Jennifer Corday 7 – 7:45 p.m. WASI Supporting talent, Aphrodite Rayne Tara Egnatios Jaleesa Johnson Daisy Salinas THE MOVEMENT – HIP-HOP STAGE Here, top notch DJs will be spinning the hottest sounds from hip-hop, soul and R&B. With its own dance floor and beverage garden, this stage will keep you moving and in the zone!

11 – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. 4:00 - 4:15 p.m. 5:00 - 5:15 p.m. 5:00 - 7:50 p.m. 6:00 - 6:10 p.m. 7:50 - 9:50 p.m.

DJ Konrad Parker DJ Ramsey DJ Artistic Lela Brown CAMILLE SADE DJ Cros One Shades DJ Shorty

MUNDO LATINO It’s musica Latina en Español with some of the best emerging artists in live rock, folkloric dancing, y más. Enjoy the musical flavors with a Latin flair. Be a part of the Latino community at Mundo Latino! Presented by Zodiac Brand Management.

12 – 2 p.m. 2 – 2:15 p.m. 2 – 4 p.m. 4 – 4:15 p.m. 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. 5:15 – 5:30 p.m. 5:30 – 7 p.m. 7 – 7:15 p.m. 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. 7:15 – 8:35 p.m. 8:35 – 9:50 p.m.

DJ Sebastian De La Madrid Jorge Ayon DJ Rick Betta Christian Falcon Aro Di Santi Band Joahnna DJ Sebastian De La Madrid Ricky Lips Rocio Banquells Daisy Salinas Raul Montiel Y la Banda Paso De Tecuala

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With an impressive body of work that encompasses dance, television, film, comedy and theater, Carmen Electra has quickly emerged as one of Hollywood’s most versatile personalities. Discovered by Prince in the 1990s, she has become an American icon and an internationally recognized name with top charting roles, numer-

ous magazine covers and she’s a diva behind the microphone, hence her selection as host. Carmen has landed on the Billboard dance club chart’s top 20 twice this past year with her tracks “Around The World” and “Werq” with more hits to come. She is a proud supporter of the LGBT community.

Taryn Manning is an actress, a singer-songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. The vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand “Born Uniqorn,” Manning is also known for her roles in “8 Mile,” “Crossroads,” “Hustle & Flow” and most recently in the story depicting the “Cleveland Abduction,” where she portrayed a very emotional role. Manning is also has another starring role with the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” which released in June, in addition to her continued calendar of DJ performances across the country.

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Ruby Rose Ruby Rose can be summed up as Australian model, DJ, actress, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist, plus she is the face of Maybelline NY in Australia. She’s a non-stop go-getter with a cult-like fan base through her various projects, which ultimately landed her a part in the “Orange is the New Black” cast for Season 3, which began airing on Netflix in June. She also scored a role in an upcoming science fiction series on Syfy. Outspoken with her support for the LGBT community, she recently announced that she identifies as gender-fluid after the release of her very personal short film “Break Free,” a viral sensation that resonated with over 5-million viewers.

Beginning her acting career at the age of 12, Rocio Banquells grew to be a Mexican culture icon as singer and actress with work in theater, TV and film. She grew up with roots in the industry and has stood out musically as one of the most versatile voices among Mexican singers, with multi-genre releases including opera, ranchero, pop, rock, ballads and ballad pop. Her music has reached many platforms and is multi-generational.


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Jennifer Corday

Talent is Jennifer Corday’s middle name. Her work is a blend of pop, rock, and alternative styles, and not only can she sing and compose music, she can also play the guitar, bass and even the cello. Her critically acclaimed songs and albums can be found on iTunes and on numerous television shows such as MTV’s “My Sweet 16,” “Made” and “Making of the Band.” Corday also specifically created some music for Andrea Meyerson’s comedy-film, “Laughing Matters More.” “Weekend Warrior” is Corday’s latest release and it captures the essence of rock ’n’ roll through several songs, while her other tracks focus on passionate relationships. Corday, who juggles the road with playing residence gigs close to her Long Beach home, has had the honor to open for numerous celebrities such as Cher, The Dave Matthews Band, and Indigo Girls, just to name a few. She has also garnered

several awards such as RightOutTV’s “Best DIY Video,” OC Music Awards’ “Best alternative Band,” and “Song of the Year,” along with nominations, such as L.A. Time’s “Top 10 Albums of the Year.” She has a loyal fan base and following in Long Beach, Orange County and is well known in San Diego from her many years of performing here. Known for her bawdy, classic hit “Redneck Lesbian,” Corday is thrilled to be back for Pride 2015. Be sure to see her perform Saturday, July 18th at 6 p.m. on the Pride Music Festival’s SHE-FEST stage. She can also be seen Friday night at the Lez Dance Party at Brass Rail and again on and Sunday at the FlawLes Pride Pool Party [these events are not sponsored by San Diego Pride — check our calendar in Gay SD for details]. Follow Corday on Facebook (JenniferCorday) for the most up to date information on this brilliant artist or go to her official website at

Late Night Alumni is an American house music group composed of Becky Jean Williams, John Hancock, Finn Bjarnson and Ryan Raddon. The group is primarily known for mixing dance music with strings and soft trance-like vocals and sophisticated production. Late Night Alumni’s unique sound embraces the live aspect within their performance and they have the unique cross between a DJ and a band. With limited touring availability, their performance at Pride Music Festival is one not to miss.

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HONOREES beyond the restaurant’s doors. They are the founders of the Queen Eddie Conlon Charity Wreath Auction, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local youth.

Community Service Award Melanie Peters

Through their years as owners of Martinis Above Fourth, Chaz, Dale and John contributed to a great many more worthy organizations. Since selling Martinis in 2011, they have remained active in the community through the Wreath Auction, Dining Out For Life, and have been ardent supporters of Pachanga de Frida, Being Alive, The Young Professional’s Council, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego and various other LGBT event sponsorships.

Friend of Pride Darlene Tando Darlene Tando, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is both an ally and a passionate advocate for the trans* community. The majority of her private practice in San Diego is dedicated to working with gender nonconforming/transgender youth and adults and has been since 2006. She won an appreciation award from the transgender community in 2008. Darlene writes a blog ( about gender identity, exploring transition options, family support, resources, and issues regarding legal, medical and healthcare rights. In 2013 her blog won the National Association of Social Worker’s media award for “best single topic blog.” Darlene has appeared on television and in the CNN short film “Raising Ryland” as a gender specialist, and also attends and presents at various gender conferences around the U. S. Darlene is a proponent of the “informed consent” model and believes the individual is the expert on one’s own gender identity. She believes it is her role to support the individual and family and to assist in making one’s journey easier.

Melanie Peters is a PR and marketing professional with a background in the professional music business. Her extensive service to the community includes sitting on the board of directors of the GSDBA where she also served as the board’s chair of marketing. She is also a past board member and marketing chair for South Bay Pride. She won a Nicky Award in 2014 for Outstanding Business Woman and was nominated for the 2014 Women Who Mean Business Awards from the San Diego Business Journal. In 2014 she assisted with the development and execution of the first ever LGBTQ Spiritual Summit in San Diego with founder, Rev. Jerry Troyer. Early in 2015, Melanie acted as promoter and stage manager for the AIDS Memorial Benefit Concert in San Diego. Melanie is also co-founder of the Out With It initiative, a national public service announcement campaign against intimate partner violence and sexual abuse in the LGBTQ community.

Stonewall Service Award San Diego Diplomacy Council San Diego Diplomacy Council (SDDC)’s mission is to build global relationships and expand mutual understanding by arranging professional, educational and cultural exchange programs. The organization connects community, civic, academic and business leaders in the San Diego region with their counterparts around the world to address common challenges including citizen safety, economic opportunity, social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. Over the last 18 months, the SDDC, in collaboration with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), has implemented the Collingsworth Global Human Dignity Initiative and implemented local exchange programs for 10 LGBT related international delegations, with a total of 121 delegates that represented 73 countries. Visit

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It’s the centerpiece of the Pride Music Festival with headlining artists and the best in video, lights and sound! Enjoy the show from the Alaska Airlines Beverage Garden or VIP Lounge by Harrah’s Resort. Presented by Harrah’s Resort Southern California.

New! It’s the SHE-FEST stage and beverage garden, our fabulous hotspot designed by and for women. Check out the amazing female artists on stage while you hang out with cool beverages and even cooler women.

12:30 – 1 p.m. 1 – 1:30 1:30 – 2 2 – 2:30 2:30 – 3

p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

3 – 3:20 p.m. 3:20 – 3:45 p.m. 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 5 – 5:45 p.m. 6 – 6:40 p.m. 7 – 8 p.m.

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus NVIDA Josh Zuckerman Coco Montrese Shane Ivan Nash – SexMashane Rich White Ladies Angie Fisher Honey Dijon Mary Lambert Emma Hewitt “Kenny Metcalf as Elton John” Tribute

EUPHORIA BEER GARDEN Feel the excitement as we surge with house music. Featuring local acts and international DJs, it’s an experience not to be missed! Dance all day and into the night. Presented by Bud Light.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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2 3 4 5 6 7 8

p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

Josh Whitaker Bret Law Perry Twins Brynn Taylor ULTRA NATE NIKNO DIRTYPOP

12 – 12:45 p.m. 1 – 1:45 p.m. 2 – 2:45 p.m. 3 – 3:45 p.m. 4 – 4:45 p.m. 5 – 5:45 p.m. 6 – 6:45 p.m. 7 – 7:50 p.m.

Nick & Mel Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival Soulistik San Diego Women’s Chorus Francesca Valle XIV/Sunday Hustle Rhythm and the Method DJ El Vee

THE MOVEMENT – HIP-HOP STAGE Here, top notch DJs will be spinning the hottest sounds from hip-hop, soul and R&B. With its own dance floor and beverage garden, this stage will keep you moving and in the zone!

11 – 1 p.m. 1 – 2 p.m. 2 3 4 6 7

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3 p.m. 6 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

DJ Ascension Chocolate City Entertainment Culture Shock DJ Jiji Sweet Soulistik Big Freedia DJ Hevrock

MUNDO LATINO It’s musica Latina en Español with some of the best emerging artists in live rock, folkloric dancing, y más. Enjoy the musical flavors with a Latin flair. Be a part of the Latino community at Mundo Latino! Presented by Zodiac Brand Management.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1 – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 4:45 – 5 p.m. 5 – 5:30 p.m. 5:30 – 6 p.m. 6 – 7 p.m.

DJ Rubin Ballet Folklorico Yaqui DJ Fariba Maniguis Rossi Los Hollywood Bellonce Aguilera Fedro Alejandra Sandoval Banda Paso De Tecuala

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Before Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom” — as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way — for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender. After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records; releasing an EP, “Welcome To The Age of My Body”; getting nominated for two Grammy Awards — “song of the year” and “album of the year”; and making history performing with Macklemore, Lewis and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 couples on stage during the Grammy telecast.

Life doesn’t always turn out to be the perfect paradise we’re hoping for, but while we’re dreaming, it’s the voice of Emma Hewitt that’ll keep us going. Having worked with several headlining trance artists such as Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, and BT, Hewitt has become a staple on top charting dance music tracks. At the International Dance Music Awards, “Waiting” was awarded “best HiNRG/Euro track.” Hewitt was also nominated twice in the category “best trance track” with “Waiting” and “Not Enough Time,” and will be performing new content at this year’s Pride Music Festival.


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"Kenny Metcalf as Elton" & THE EARLY YEARS BAND


lton John has been a powerful name in music and our community for more than 40 years and is currently enjoying another wave of popularity. Now, more than ever there is demand and desire to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of this amazing artist. In a tribute to his greatness, Kenny Metcalf as Elton & The Early Years Band is the ultimate Elton John tribute show. They were recently hand-picked to be featured on Mark Cuban and Ryan Seacrest’s network AXS TV show “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” where they wowed a national audience during their liveto-air performance at The Roxy in Hollywood, California. Their technically accurate Vegas-style production features the wildly popular music and the outrageous costumes and antics of the real Elton John. From rhinestones to sequins, every detail has been meticulously recreated and Metcalf has the voice and appearance of Elton John when he was young. Iconic costumes including the infamous Los Angeles Dodgers uniform designed by Bob Mackie and glasses (created for Elton himself) by Ray Winston complete the illusion. Those fortunate enough to have seen Elton John perform live will experience a sense of déjà vu while watching the captivating performance given by Kenny. Audiences and critics alike leave with a sense that they “saw” Elton and his band. Caleb Quaye, Elton John’s first producer and original lead guitarist, has stated that witnessing this performance is like re-living infamous shows such as the one Elton performed at Dodger Stadium in 1975. The entire tribute cast skillfully re-capture the original album sounds in live concert settings, delivering a complete audio/visual experience that is guaranteed to amaze any audience. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Kenny Metcalf as Elton & The Early Years Band as they close out San Diego Pride Music Festival on the Stonewall Main Stage Sunday at 6 p.m.

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Shane Ivan Nash With a musical background that ranges from EDM, hip-hop, rock, folk, R&B, pop and live acoustic blends, electronic music, and live instruments, Shane Ivan Nash communicates his heart through his music. Shane has performed at venues such as LA Pride 2014 and various clubs in Hollywood with feature performances for the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in West Hollywood from 2012 to 2014. This transgender musician is working to change the world one note at a time, and Pride Music Festival is ecstatic to have Shane Ivan Nash as a featured artist.

Honey Dijon

As a house music trans DJ — Honey Dijon has performed for the last five years to nearly every reveler visiting the nexus of art, fashion and night life, whether it be in a basement with smoke machines or at a formal party for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She has shared top billing on party invitations issued by V magazine, Narciso Rodriguez, Hermès, Balenciaga and Givenchy. She has had mobbed residencies at after-dark fly traps like Hiro Ballroom; the Cielo nightclub in the meatpacking district; and Clubber Down Disco, a former nightclub in the Chelsea Hotel that was selected by the owners of the store Opening Ceremony as one of their favorite parties of the last decade. routinely features her as a talking head alongside industry power players in its video reviews of ready-to-wear collections. The fashion world has a handful of “it girl” DJs, but there are very few that other serious DJs respect, and San Diego Pride is proud to feature Honey Dijon on their Stonewall Main Stage.

Big Freedia Big Freedia (pronounced “Free-da”), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement. The Bounce rap movement is a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightning speed booty-shaking dance. Though gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her sexuality — Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona — has little to do with her music. She’s not a gay artist, but rather an artist who happens to be gay. After appearing on the HBO series ‘Treme’ as herself, she appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly,” FADERTV, PITCHFORK TV and has been lauded across various press outlets. She now has her own show “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” on

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SDCNN So it is thanks to Tyler and Olsen, and Obergefell — and local couple Sue Hartman and Steph Torres, who we reported stood firm against County Clerk Dronenberg to be the first to be married here in San Diego once Prop 8 was repealed — and to dozens of others just like them across the country who put their lives on hold to fight for our collective rights, that we are here today. We salute them all. It is also thanks to our leaders and the Democratic Party; for it was more than a decade ago someone jokingly said Bill Clinton was our first “black” president; and it’s even more accurate to say that Obama is our first “gay” president. Under his leadership, influence, Supreme Court appointments, and even through the writ of his pen, we’ve seen and reported more advancements in our struggle for equality than ever before in our history. Not only did he soldier in the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — finally allowing LGB service members to serve openly, rather than in silence and fear of dismissal — Obama has ushered in a sea of LGBT change. His executive orders have made sweeping updates to federal workplace rules for the LGBT community; they have forced hospitals who receive federal aid to allow same-sex couples the same access as their straight counterparts; he has installed genderneutral bathrooms at the White House and appointed more LGBT judges, ambassadors and posts within his administration than his predecessors; he urged states to ban conversion therapy; his administration immediately responded to the dissolution of DOMA by extending benefits to the spouses of federal and DOD employees and the VA has already responded to the recent decision; and there are too many more to list. Aside from passing healthcare for 9 million Americans, LGBT rights will undoubtedly be seen as President Obama’s legacy and regardless of the outcome of the next election, there is no looking back. But we do need to look around; earlier this year here in San Diego County, we reported on the three trans teenagers lost to suicide, their deaths harsh reminders that we have much left to do. On the pages of this special section, I’ve asked many of our local community leaders to share their reflections with our readers and the commonality resonating through their words prove we as a community know what to do next. Here at San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN), publishers of Gay San Diego, San Diego Uptown News and four other papers, we are all proud to be your dedicated community newspapers of record and especially proud to share the news that matters to our local LGBT community. Happy Pride! —Morgan M. Hurley, editor, Gay San Diego

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